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Teething Pain

Baby Chewing on a yellow teething device to relieve teething pain

Teething in Infants & Children

Teething is a pretty long drawn out process from the first tooth appearing around 6 months of age to the last at around 3 years. At any time in between (or even outside) of this time frame, your child could experience teething pain17.

If your child is teething you may notice some behaviour changes as well as pain in the mouth.

Signs and Symptoms

Some of the signs that your baby is teething can include:

  • Increased dribbling
  • Crying or irritability
  • Sucking, chewing on objects more than previously
  • Rosy, flushed cheeks
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Pulling their ears
  • More frequent bad nappies that leave a sore, red bottom or rash

Teething does not normally come with a fever. If you child is unwell, or experiencing fever and/or diarrhoea, see a doctor immediately.

Managing The Pain and Discomfort of Teething

Soothing sore gums is something that can help ease the distress for your child.

Some useful tips you can try include:

  • Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger
  • A cold washcloth, teething ring or baby spoon to chew on
  • Cold finger food if your child is on solids
  • Sugar free teething rusk
  • Anything cool to bite on that is safe

Children’s Advil Pain & Fever Relief can also help relieve your child’s teething pain.

References:

  1. 17Baby Centre, developmental milestones: teething.2012 [Accessed 25 November 2015]
    http://www.babycenter.com.au/a6574/developmental-milestones-teething